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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature

00 Enrolled SR 2                                                                                                           
01 Establishing a Senate Special Committee on the Arctic.                                                                  
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03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE:                                                                                         
04      WHEREAS this state is what makes the United States an Arctic nation; and                                           
05          WHEREAS the interests of the state are directly affected by Arctic policy; and                                 
06      WHEREAS residents of the state, having lived and worked in the Arctic region for                                   
07 decades, have developed expert knowledge regarding a full range of activities and issues                                
08 involving the region; and                                                                                               
09      WHEREAS the Arctic region is now framed by increasing activity, change,                                            
10 opportunity, globalization, resource development, a sensitive environment, and rich and                                 
11 diverse cultures; and                                                                                                   
12            WHEREAS the Arctic region is a dynamic place that is changing rapidly; and                                   
13      WHEREAS the Arctic region is becoming increasingly accessible because of                                           
14 receding sea ice and technological advances; and                                                                        
15      WHEREAS the Arctic region constitutes the final frontier in exploration and                                        
16 opportunity; and                                                                                                        
17      WHEREAS the Northern Sea Route along the coast of Russia and through the Bering                                    
01 Strait is 40 percent shorter than the shipping route through the Suez Canal for shipping                                
02 between Europe and Asia and is being increasingly used; and                                                             
03      WHEREAS the Arctic region contains 30 percent of the world's undiscovered natural                                  
04 gas and 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil; and                                                                 
05      WHEREAS the development of the state's natural resources is essential to the well-                                 
06 being of the residents of the state; and                                                                                
07      WHEREAS the Arctic region represents one of the best opportunities for progress                                    
08 and economic development in the state; and                                                                              
09      WHEREAS the United States and other nations are rapidly developing Arctic                                          
10 strategies and policies; and                                                                                            
11      WHEREAS it is essential that the federal government consult with the state when                                    
12 developing national Arctic strategies and policies; and                                                                 
13      WHEREAS the Arctic region of the United States has a severe infrastructure deficit                                 
14 that creates a barrier to capitalizing fully on emerging opportunities in natural resource                              
15 extraction, shipping, and tourism; and                                                                                  
16      WHEREAS capital intensity, federal regulatory uncertainty, and diminished access to                                
17 state land through federal land holdings constitute barriers to the economic development of                             
18 the Arctic region; and                                                                                                  
19      WHEREAS the Arctic region of the United States has some of the highest energy                                      
20 costs in the nation; and                                                                                                
21      WHEREAS the use of science by the University of Alaska, the world's premier Arctic                                 
22 university, and of emerging technologies developed by residents of the state may create new                             
23 ways to give an advantage to the state in the Arctic region; and                                                        
24      WHEREAS the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission was created as a nonpolitical body                                     
25 of legislators and experts with a duty to listen to and provide a voice for the people in future                        
26 Arctic policy; and                                                                                                      
27      WHEREAS the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission completed considerable work                                            
28 toward the advancement of a comprehensive Arctic policy; and                                                            
29      WHEREAS the implementation of the recommendations made by the Alaska Arctic                                        
30 Policy Commission is a goal of the Senate;                                                                              
31      BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate that a Senate Special Committee on the Arctic is                                      
01 established to continue to examine issues related to the Arctic in the state; and be it                                 
02      FURTHER RESOLVED that the President of the Senate shall determine the number                                       
03 of senators to be members of the committee and shall appoint the members and designate a                                
04 member to chair the committee; and be it                                                                                
05      FURTHER RESOLVED that the Senate Special Committee on the Arctic may meet                                          
06 during and between sessions of the Thirtieth Alaska State Legislature and is terminated on the                          
07 convening of the First Regular Session of the Thirty-First Alaska State Legislature.                                    
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